Phonographians find many days and many ways to Celebrate
Phonograph records have revolved at many speeds, most of which have
come and gone.
speeds, however, are another way to remember the Phonograph.
are currently six Friends of the Phonograph "RPM
RMP birthdays are an opportunity to "tip your cap"to the
history of revolutions per minute (rpm) record speeds, doing so as
part of a Friend of the Phonograph's birthday celebration,
aka a Phonographian's birthday.
These "tip of the hat" birthdays are based on the phonograph
record speeds of "16 2/3" , "33
1/3" . "45" , "78"
, "80" . "90"
other words, if you are a Phonographian and your birthday age is one
of these RPM speeds you can acknowledge that RPM as part of your birthday
celebration before you blow out your birthday candles and Remember
this is an esoteric addendum to celebrating a birthday, nevertheless,
it will give your birthday a unique dimension and an opportunity to
explain your RPM phonograph factola.
- The celebration of the phonograph's RPMs - although early disc and
cylinder recordings were produced in a variety of speeds ranging from
60 to 160 RPM, FOTP Red Letter RPM Birthdays are currently the following:
2/3 RPM (first used in early 1930's and subsequently used for
1) spoken word recordings, 2) car music systems like Chrysler's
Hi-Way Hi-Fi 2 of the 1950's 3) background music systems for restaurants
and businesses 4) limited music formats - see Canada Antique Phonograph
Society (CAPS) May 2010 article by Mike Dicecco for history of 16
1/3 RPM (first used by Vitaphone in 1930 for electrical transcription
recordings and introduced in 1948 by Columbia Records as the Long-Playing
RPM (introduced by RCA in 1949); For a brief history of the
45 rpm go to Historys
RPM (the standard for early disc records from 1890s into the
RPM (for Edison Diamond Disc records),
RPM (for Pathé disc records with vertically cut grooves requiring
a special sapphire ball-shaped stylus).
it isn't a Phonographia Birthday, it can still be celebrated!
of the Phonograph look for any excuse to celebrate connections
with the Phonograph.
a Phonographia Birthday an Unbirthday party is always an option
to include the remembrance of some other Phonographia On This Day
the Phonographia Calendar for what happened today in history On
Walt Disney record that can be used to celebrate un-Phonographia birthdays.